Israel divides East Jerusalem neighborhood

Israel divides East Jerusalem neighborhood
Monday, September 9, 2013 
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers on Monday began to construct a dividing zone between the Palestinian town of Isawiya and the illegal Israeli settlement of French Hill in East Jerusalem.Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, member of a local Isawiya monitoring team, told Ma’an that Israeli forces are digging up land belonging to Palestinian families in order to create a 10 meter dividing zone between the two neighborhoods.

“The occupation authorities try to take control of land in East Jerusalem using pretexts and flimsy arguments to implement settlement plans,” al-Hummus said.

He denied allegations that Isawiya residents vandalize property belonging to settlers in French Hill, claiming that Palestinians face daily harassment from settlers, many of whom have been relocated to French Hill from Gaza and the West Bank.

There are some 200,000 Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem.


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